PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Who controls the air controls the battle. History remembers many battles won and lost right there – in the sky. Today, the most developed and powerful in military potential top 20 countries produce their fighters or in partnership.
Russia has dozens of variants, models, and modifications of its fighters. The MiG-29 legend is still operational in dozens of countries. The comparison between this aircraft and the F-16 continues to this day. But the Russians have a new fighter that can easily fall into the ranking of the top three best fighters.
The Su-35 is deadly in the air. Although not a stealth [which is no longer an advantage – ed.], this fourth-generation aircraft excites all of Russia’s competitors, including the United States. Is there a reason for this? We will find out now.
The Su-35 has more weapons capabilities
Peter Suciu is an American freelance journalist. He has published thousands of articles, analyzes, and commentaries in dozens of newspapers and magazines, and we can find his books on war, national defense, and military tactics on Amazon.
In mid-2020, Peter gave the general public his point of view on the Russian Su-35 fighter. According to him, the Russians have built an accurate “stop-gap measure” against their enemies. Peter says the latest modification of the Russian Su-35 could compete with the F-15, F-18 Eagle, and F-35 Lightning. Suciu makes an interesting comparison of the payload that the Su-35 and the American F-22 can carry. The Russian aircraft can arm itself with air-to-air, air-to-ground missiles, anti-radiation, anti-ship missiles, TV, laser, and satellite-guided bombs. In this way, Peter only reminds readers that the so-praised F-22 [which is a perfect fighter – ed.] has only four points on the wings of weapons and three internal.
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The armament of the Su-35 is one of its advantages. The other is its maneuverability. In the air in air combat or dogfight, this fighter has no competitor. Peter says the two Saturn AL-41F1S turbofan engines are so powerful that they can “hide” in the air from any existing fighter.
Speed is crucial
Dave Majumdar calls the Su-35 a “killer in the air.” Dave is also a proven researcher and analyst of weapons technology around the world. He writes for dozens of publications and has a degree in naval history from the University of Calgary.
Let’s not forget, says Dave Majumdar in an article, that the Su-35 was designed for superiority in the air and is currently doing so. This fighter covers in direct proportion to two of the basic requirements for speed – flying at high altitudes at high speeds. That way, says Dave Majumdar, the pilot of the Russian assassin, can fire a rocket at high speed. He makes the following comparison with the F-35 – if the F-35 can launch a missile at a speed of 0.9 Mach, then the Su-35 does the same exercise, but at a speed of 1.5 Mach. And not only speed is an advantage – the Su-35 does all this at an altitude of 45,000 feet, while the maximum height of the F-35 is 30,000 feet.
The energy generated by the Su-35 makes it a “killer in the air.” It makes it a real threat to distant targets because such generated power proportionally increases the speed of a missile and the range of its action.
PESA radar and the ‘dead link’
So far, we have presented a Russian fighter that is light and has three-dimensional thrust vectoring. And although it excels in these indicators, we would not have the courage to compare it as “deadly” if we do not talk about its avionics and C4IRS systems.
Although the Su-35 has modern and up-to-date avionics, we can count as a minus its equipment with PESA radar. Not so much because of the radar characteristics, but because of its main drawback – it collects “reverse radio data” at one point, which leads to rapid overheating.
Overall, however, the radar is excellent. It is an Irbis-E and characterizes as a hybrid passive radar. This radar is probably the most powerful PESA radar integrated into an operational aircraft. Its capabilities allow it to map in flight while attacking four ground targets. It tracks up to 30 targets in the air every second at a distance of between 300 and 400 km and can defend or attack up to 8 air targets simultaneously.
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But the Irbis-E has excellent centimeter wave radar indicators: radio target detection at 0.01m2 per 90 km. This fact means that in a similar radar range, the Su-35 and its Irbis-E radar can detect stealth technology, i.e., so-called aerobatics “dead link.”
The Su-35’s ability to jam
Dave Majumdar continues in his article to discuss the topic with Russian radars. He talked to several pilots from the U.S. Air Force and learned exciting things about the countermeasures of Russian radars.
According to an F-22 pilot, the Su-35 has an excellent package for silencing and waging electronic warfare. “The Su-35 can seriously impair the performance of friendly radars. It also effectively dazzles onboard radars found aboard American air-to-air missiles such as the AIM-120 AMRAAM,” said the American pilot.
Other military experts from the U.S. Air Force say the presence of AESA radar in U.S. aircraft is not an advantage over Russia’s Su-35, arguing that U.S. radars are more of Washington’s attempt to counter jamming than the Su-35.
“We — the U.S. The Department of Defense — hasn’t been pursuing appropriate methods to counter E.A. for years,” said another senior Air Force official with experience on the F-22 Raptor. “So, while we are stealthy, we will have a hard time working our way through the E.A. to target the Su-35s, and our missiles will have a hard time killing them.”
Summary: what should you remember about the Su-35?
The Su-35 was developed based on the existing Su-27 created during the Cold War, which never went into battle. The Su-35 is the main fighter attack fighter designed for superiority in the air of the Russian Federation.
The fighter is excellently armed, highly maneuverable, and very fast, flies at high altitudes, fires at high altitudes, fires at high speed, and strikes at great range.
It detects and intercepts targets hundreds of kilometers away, including stealth. It can map, detect, intercept, track and shoot at targets simultaneously.
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The Su-35 is developed in four variants depending on its functionality. It is operational in Russia, China, and Egypt. There are requests for its purchase from the United Arab Emirates, India, Turkey, Algeria, Serbia, Egypt, Vietnam, and others.
If you want to learn all about it, visit our page dedicated to the Su-35.
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